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Be there or be square!


I was in my local art shop buying paper to put inside my books and I was interested to noticed that Hahnemuhle are making sketch pads in a 30 x 30 cm. format as well as the usual A4, A3 etc. It makes sense as I noticed the popularity of square canvases when I worked in an art gallery last year (Pierrepoint Gallery – check out their web site! Mail order available!) There were also pads of paper in a long 30 x 60(?) cm format which were very intriguing. This, my first square book was a natural development from the square sketch pad, the long, thin pad has set me thinking what other shapes I could easily produce.

These papers were part of my Paper Mojo shipment. They are designed by Deborah Glanz who has a web site called Reminiscence Papers which sells not only her beautifully original designed paper but also other paper projects such as origami bowl and box kits and accordion books. She sells to retailers all over the US and Canada by the looks of things – lucky you! It seems that she used to run workshops too but there are only dates up to 2005 so she may have stopped.

Further to my quest to find UK suppliers of gorgeous paper, I was reminded about Paperchase. I have visited their stores in the Borders bookshop in Bournemouth and their kiosk at Waterloo station and have bought some fun paper but I had forgotten that their main branch on Tottenham Court Road in London is enormous and has a wide range of paper on the first floor. I am itching to check it out. Not that I need paper at the moment, I have a vast supply to turn into (hopefully) delectable books. I do however need to visit Falkiners again to buy some more leather and if I happen to be tempted by more paper, well, who am I to resist?

10 responses to “Be there or be square!

  1. Tony September 9, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Very clean, nice, and interesting website :)


  2. Nihal September 9, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Diane,

    This is my first visit here and I must say, I’m really impressed at your works. They look soooo nice! I’m not much of a book lover but then again, if the books looked like the ones here, I’ll grab them!

    Great Job :)

  3. Diane September 9, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks for the positive feedback! You are very kind!

  4. laketrees September 10, 2007 at 11:29 am

    the inside cover is quite art deco…and I love this design Diane…….you are so creative !!!!!!.
    and I forgot to say (in the last post comment) that your blog colours are lovely….very relaxing and peaceful… :)

  5. Diane September 10, 2007 at 11:42 am

    Again, what can I say, you are so generous with your praise – thank you! I love hot pinks and reds and oranges but chose this cool blue/green blog theme! Still, it does let the photos of the books stand out I think.

  6. strugglingwriter September 10, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    I think I like this one even better than the previous one. So cool!

  7. Diane September 10, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    I like this one too! More than the blue one anyway. These papers are very ‘sharp’ somehow – they make smart books.

    Talking of books, I loved Harry Potter 7 too I read it through in less than 48 hours, couldn’t put it down, so read it right through a weekend!

    Some of my spam has been caught by the spam filter too. I don’t usually check it too closely but I will do in future if it’s going to start eating my comments!

  8. Diane September 10, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    PS Hope you and your family are feeling better.

  9. strugglingwriter September 10, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks Diane! It’s just so hard to get any type of rest with a one year old running around, and rest is how you get better.

  10. SteamyKitchen September 14, 2007 at 12:49 am

    The first book is my favorite!

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